compare young abound employ size pursue collect prosper tend criticize Ask any adult over forty to make a (1)_______ between the past and present and most will tell you that things have been getting steadily worse for as long as they can remember. Take the weather for example. Everyone remembers that in their (2)______ the summers were considerably hotter, and that winter always included (3)_______ falls of snow just when the school holidays had started. Of course, the food in those days was far superior too, as nothing was imported and everything was fresh.(4)________ was negligible, the money in your pocket really was worth something, and you could buy a (5)________ house even if your means were limited. And above all, people were somehow nicer in those days, and spent their free time on innocent (6)________ making model boats and tending their stamp (7)_________ rather than gazing at the television screen for hours on end. As we know, this figure of the past simply cannot be true, and there are plenty of statistics dealings with health and (8)________ which prove that it is not true. So, why is it that we all have a (9)________ to idealize the past and to be so (10)_________of the presents?